Saturday, April 23, 2011



Note: they seem to have forgotten AZ. As always, "immigrants"
means illegal immigrants. Legal immigrants have no more, no less
problems than anyone else same in Mexico as here.
"In light of that issue, Human Rights National Committee calls the
Mexican authorities to protect the safe passage of immigrants . . . .

Human rights group: 16 Mexican states dangerous for immigrants
By Marisela Ortega Lozano / El Paso Times
Posted: 04/21/2011 12:41:40 PM MDT
The full report in Spanish is available at

Immigrants in Mexico en route to the United States are at a higher
risk to be attacked and kidnapped in 16 Mexican states, the Human
Rights National Committee in a statement.
"We have tracked dangerous spots in Baja California, Coahuila, State
of Mexico, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Oaxaca,
Querétero, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas
and Veracruz," the group said in a press release.
According to the report by the Human Rights National Committee,
Mexican nationals and undocumented immigrants traveling by train or
bus to the United States have been sexually assaulted, battered,
blackmailed, robbed and beaten.
Officials from the group said that they also mapped 71 counties,
highways and railroads
where immigrants have been attacked, mainly those who travel by
train, the report said.
They added that they identified those dangerous locations through
immigrants' accounts as well as reports provided by government
"In light of that issue, Human Rights National Committee calls the
Mexican authorities to protect the safe passage of immigrants,
regardless of national origin, in order to avoid the events that
happened in San Fernando, Tamaulipas," officials said in a statement.
Last August, police in San Fernando, Tamaulipas found the bodies of
72 Central American immigrants who had been shot to death while
heading to the U.S. border.
"We urge authorities to lay out a map with the risk areas and
destinations for children,
men and women looking for a better life," group officials added.
The full report in Spanish is available at

Marisela Ortega Lozano,; 542-6077. The
Associated Press contributed to this story.

Chief Villaseñor discusses President's forum on immigration reform
Posted: Apr 22, 2011 10:30 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2011 10:48 AM

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor was among a select group of
civic leaders from around the nation who met with President Obama to
discuss immigration reform.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who was not invited to the meeting,
says participants were selected to be an echo chamber for the President.
Reporter: Claire Doan
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – On the eve of the one-year anniversary of SB
1070: A local opponent of the law discussed his participation in a
nationwide immigration reform effort.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor was among a select group of
civic leaders, including nine other police chiefs and sheriffs from
around the nation, who met with President Barack Obama earlier this
week to discuss immigration reform.

"I think the role of this group was perceived as taking the
conversation out into the nation, speaking about it and getting the
conversation going," Villaseñor said in a press conference. "SB 1070
never really came up. It was much more of a broader platform – just
the scope of immigration reform in totality."

Villaseñor said the "flavor" of the group was mostly pro-immigration,
but the President emphasized a reasonable, bipartisan approach.

"I felt the part that was most telling was where he made the
statement that it can't be perceived that there are freebies. When
you violate existing immigration law, the American people will not
stand for that," Villaseñor said.

However, many groups like Border Action Network point out that the
President's efforts come on the heels of his announcement for
reelection. They expected him to tackle his reform early on in his

"First and foremost we need to see President Obama step up and bring
some charges against people like Sheriff Arpaio who are trying to
take immigration into their own hands. We need to see the Obama
administration, the federal government, reclaim its jurisdiction over
federal immigration enforcement," said Jennifer Allen, executive
director of the Border Action Network. "Those sorts of actions would
convey to the community their genuine interest in trying to address
the needs of this country as well as the needs of immigrant families."

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who was not invited to the meeting,
said participants were selected to be an echo chamber for the
President. The Sheriff believes enforcing current immigration laws
should be priority, along with sending troops to the border.

"Noticeably absent was any sheriff from Arizona, or Governor Brewer,
or Senator McCain. I believe that's absolutely important to have any
meaningful dialogue or discussion, Babeu told KGUN9 News. "He's
talking immigration reform and many of us fear that's a code word for
outright amnesty and we're not going to be a part of that. Until this
border is secure, we're not going to have this discussion."

In a statement Friday, Governor Jan Brewer said Arizona must keep the
pressure on the federal government: "Arizona's actions and the
subsequent national attention that resulted have helped pressure the
White House to act on border security in ways it never would have

"I think we need to secure the border, but I am just saying the
federal government is responsible for securing that border, not the
Tucson Police Department," Villaseñor said, adding that he and his
department has and will enforce whatever version of SB 1070 is upheld
by the courts.

Villaseñor said the President plans to have an immigration reform
policy in place within a year.

22 April 2011 Last updated at 18:17 ET
France seeks change to Schengen border agreement
Italy accused France of overstepping the treaty by blocking trains
with migrants at the border

France has called for an easier mechanism to temporarily suspend an
agreement which allows freedom of movement across 25 European countries.
The move follows an influx of migrants from Tunisia and Libya into

Italy's decision to grant Tunisians 20,000 temporary residence
permits, allowing free travel in the passport-free Schengen zone, has
angered France.

Last week, French officials temporarily stopped trains with migrants
crossing the border from Italy into France.

The decision sparked anger between Italy and France, with Italy
accusing its neighbour of overstepping the treaty on border-free travel.

Exceptional circumstances
In an off-the-record but widely-reported briefing, a senior French
official said: "The governance of Schengen is failing. It seems there
is a need to reflect on a mechanism that will allow a temporary
suspension of the agreement, in case of a systemic failure of an
external (EU) border."

The official, at the presidential Elysee Palace, said that any such
an intervention would be provisional, until any "weakness" in the
system was corrected.

The BBC's Hugh Schofield, in Paris, says that this is a highly
controversial idea, deliberately floated by the French government
just before the Easter break when any reaction from Brussels will
inevitably be slow in coming.

Suspension of the agreement is permitted under the Schengen Pact, but
only in the case of a "grave threat to the public order or internal

Under the current agreement, in these exceptional circumstances,
border controls can only initially be reintroduced for a maximum of
30 days.

Mr Sarkozy is due to address the problem of migrants entering France
through Italy when he meets Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
on Tuesday in Rome.
Earlier this month, Italy and France agreed to launch sea and air
patrols to try to prevent the influx of thousands of people from
Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

Many Tunisians have close ties with France - a former colonial power
- with friends and relatives in French cities.

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